Water Conservation Portland

Portland Plumber: Save Water by Switching to Tankless

It’s not a secret that we like tankless water heaters. If it’s appropriate, we will almost always recommend that our customers have a tankless water heater installed as opposed to a conventional water tank.

We’ve been doing business in Portland for well-over a decade and experience has proven that properly maintained tankless water heaters outlive and outrun their conventional counterparts.  And they do so while conserving energy.

Water on Demand

During the summer months we use a lot of water.  Water for pools, gardening, and staying hydrated.  One of the many useful qualities of a tankless water heater is that it heats water on demand.  The water does not sit in waiting as it does in conventional tanks.

Do we really need to waste additional water and energy with conventional heaters?  Think about it this way: if you’re planning a vacation this summer, your conventional water heater will continue to heat even while you’re away.  It’s always working and always heating—just sitting there, taking up a lot of space, and increasing your utility bill.

Other reasons to go tankless?  That’s easy:

  • Save space
  • Lower monthly water bill
  • Conserve water and energy
  • Continuous flow of hot water for as long as desired
  • Eco-friendly
  • Aesthetically appealing with sleek high-tech design

Will We Fix or Install a Conventional Water Heater?

Absolutely!  We are fully stocked with conventional and tankless water heaters.  We’re there for you regardless of your choice in water heater, and so are our guarantees and warranties.  Our trained and licensed technicians are at the ready with industry-leading equipment to manage any and all of your Portland plumbing-related needs.

Please contact 3 Mountains Plumbing if you have any questions regarding the differences between conventional water heaters and tankless water heaters and which one might be best for you and your home. 


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Portland Plumber: 5 Ways to Conserve Water While Gardening

Conserving Water Means Saving Money

Make no mistake about it, we are plumbing professionals, not gardeners.  But in our 12 years of experience serving the greater Portland community, we’ve learned a few things regarding best practices in summer water conservation.

Many of our Portland customers are very involved in green living, do-it-yourself projects, and decreasing their carbon footprint.  During summer, this means growing your own vegetables or herbs and planting shrubbery.

Watering Gardens Should Not Be Wasteful

We believe, as probably many of you do, that watering gardens should be fun, good for the environment, and sustainable.  It should not be wasteful, expensive, and damaging to the city’s water supply.

Tips for Efficient Watering

We offer these suggestions merely as a way to promote mindful living by conserving water and saving money.  Here are a few tips we’ve picked up throughout the years:

  1. Night time gardening: Watering your garden at night will allow ample time for the water to infiltrate the soil before it is evaporated by the sun.  Day time watering requires far more water to do the same job.
  2. Drip irrigation: Drip irrigation is a clever way of watering plants that sends the water directly to the root of the plant.  This cuts down on travel time and ensures water gets directly to the source without being wasted along the way.
  3. Use a watering can instead of a hose: You will use less water if you transfer hose water to a watering can.  You’ll quickly find you don’t need as much water as you think you do, plus the watering can helps target specific areas of need.
  4. Weed regularly:  Getting down and dirty in that garden will help water more efficiently get to the plants you want to thrive, not to the weeds that only impede growth and get in the way of the water supply.
  5. Don’t over water: Be careful not to overdo it.  Know that fledgling plants and vegetables need more water than more mature ones.  As mentioned, watering cans definitely help.

More plumbing related questions? Contact 3 Mountains Plumbing today—Portland’s trusted plumbing company for over a decade.

Ask a Portland Plumber: What to do About Water Contaminates?

Have a Water Test Performed by 3 Mountains Professional

We’ve been told again and again that drinking more water on a daily basis is good for our bodies. Rather than spending extra cash on bottled water that later muck up the environment with plastic waste, we believe that a healthy lifestyle begins at home where a simple turn of the faucet should accommodate our needs. Unfortunately, bottling your own water at home may not be the safest choice.

Did You Know?

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does make some promises regarding the cleanliness of water as it leaves the local water treatment plant, however they cannot guarantee what happens to that water as it travels all the way to your faucet. Also, there is a certain percentage of acceptable chemicals and contaminates the EPA is willing to allow.

Some of the more common contaminates found in drinking water are:

  • Lead
  • Chlorine
  • Nitrates

What to do About it?

It’s always safer to have your home water tested by a professional.  Be proactive, be informed, and know exactly what’s coming out of your faucet.  The professionals at 3 Mountains Plumbing are happy to thoroughly test your water and explain the results.  We can also recommend a variety of water filtration systems or repairs that will help ensure you and your family are drinking clean and healthy water.

At 3 Mountains Plumbing our professionals strive to deliver a variety of service guarantees.  These include:

  • Workmanship
  • Inspection
  • Timeliness
  • Cleanliness

We hold ourselves to high standards so that we may ensure you have what we like to call a delightful plumbing experience.  Part of our mission and promise includes keeping you, your home, and your family safe from drinking water contaminates.

Contact 3 Mountains Plumbing today to learn more about how we can test the water in your home and help you maintain your healthy lifestyle.

Ask a Portland Plumber About Water Conservation

Save Water. Save Money. Garden at Night.

At 3 Mountains Plumbing we’re always thinking of ways to promote mindful water conservation techniques. We are committed to environmental preservation and do our best to pass along effective strategies we’ve picked up along our 12 year journey serving the Portland community.

One of the most effective water conservation techniques we’ve discovered and recommend is night time gardening.  This timely technique, particularly useful during the summer months, truly saves quite a bit of water.  It may sound strange, but gardening at night is not only better for the environment, but may also save you money.

How Does it Work?

It’s all a matter of evaporation.  Water supplied to gardens during the day is quickly evaporated by the sun’s rays.  In order for your garden to thrive, more water is needed to feed the plants, vegetables, and flowers surrounding your home.  At night, the water has time to filter through the ground without being slowed or stopped by the light of the hot summer sun.  More water makes for a healthier garden.

Benefits of Night Time Gardening

Summer should mean more fun in the sun, not higher water bills.  Saving money is certainly one of the major benefits of night time gardening, but what else?

  • Conserve water
  • Save money on utility bills
  • Better for the environment
  • Could be fun! Bring the family out there and frolic about in the moonlight! (or, not)

Please do not hesitate to call and speak with one of our expert plumbing technicians to learn more about how we can help ensure you and your home continue to conserve water and maintain a lower environmental impact.    

Portland Plumber: 3 Summer Tips

Avoid Plumbing Problems This Summer

Summer has officially arrived in Portland!

This time of year typically means gardening, barbecues, and more time spent outdoors.  You may even be looking forward to summer getaways or vacations away from home.

Serving the greater Portland area for over a decade, we see customers frequently running into the same summer plumbing problems.  We thought it would be helpful to compile a quick list of things homeowners can do to ensure that summer is enjoyed without time wasted on plumbing catastrophes.

1.     Don’t shove that corn husk down the drain!

We love summer barbeques and even encourage them, but please think carefully about clean up.  We know it can be tempting to throw everything down your sink’s garbage disposal, but the reality is that even sink disposals need some quality TLC.  Stringy foods along with fats and cooking oil can be detrimental to your pipes.  If you want a best-in-class, no nonsense garbage disposal replacement, we provide a 10-year warranty on our 1-horsepower unit.

 2.     Check your backflow prevention device.

If you suspect there is a problem with your backflow prevention device, we recommend contacting a professional right away.  Backflow devices work to keep your home’s water separate from city water and free of contaminates.  You and your family deserve fresh, clean drinking and sprinkler water.  Often, the valves controlling backflow devices rust and corrode over the winter, so it’s definitely worth checking that everything is in proper working order for the health and wellbeing of your home.  Tree root intrusion may also cause backflow prevention device destruction.  Our professionals can help eliminate this problem.

3.     Install a tankless water heater.

Going on vacation this summer?  If you already have a tankless water heater, consider getting it a quality maintenance check-up.  If you’re still working with a traditional water heater, think of all the energy wasted when you’re away.  Traditional water heaters generally hold anywhere from 40-80 gallons of water.  Traditional water heater systems heat water up to 120 degrees and then the water just sits in waiting until it is used.  Tankless water heaters, the far more environmentally sound option, work instantaneously.  They save you more money over the long-run and provide your desired temperature without delay.

Stay cool this summer, and let us take care of the plumbing.  Call 3 Mountains Plumbing today.

Portland Plumber Tips: How to Save Water This Summer

4 Water Conservation Tips

During the summer months we tend to use far more water than we do when the weather is cold. There are gardens to tend, sprinklers to run through, and a need for more cold water to drink. We thought this would be a good time to share with you some of our favorite summer water conservation tips.

1. Night Time Gardening

This may sound crazy, but it’s a terrific way to nurture your home garden while also conserving water. You may plant or weed at any time of the day or night as you like—we won’t judge—but we recommend watering your garden at night. Night time watering means less evaporation. This enables homeowners to save money by using less water in a more efficient way.

2. Drip Irrigation

Drip irrigation is a method of watering plants directly at their roots through a network of pipes and tubing. As its name suggests, the water drips slowly, but gets directly to the source much faster.  Rather than hammering down tons of hose water, drip irrigation moves water more efficiently to the place it is most neededd, saving waterr and reducing costs in the process.

3. Get a New Toilet

Is your toilet the most efficient a toilet can be? Stop flushing money down the drain and install a new toilet that will save you money while also working its part to protect the environment. We are stocked and ready to install cost-saving 1.28 gallon/flush toilet bowls.

4. Try a Faucet Aerator

Faucet aerators are an affordable way to conserve water. These devices may be easily installed on showerheads or sink faucets to aerate the water in such a way that the water pressure feels the same with less.

Get Your Home Water Tested

One last recommendation we have, especially if you’re concerned about the safety of your drinking water, is to have a professional plumber come to your home and inspect your water. We can do this rather quickly using a water test kit we send off for close examination. We will then review with you a detailed report of any and all contaminates found in your water. Together, we can take the next best course of action to ensure that you and your family have access to clean, fresh water.

Remember that 3 Mountains Plumbing has been Portland’s trusted plumber for over a decade. We provide warranties on all products and services plus up-front fixed pricing options.

Give us a call today to find out how we may assist you in setting up your Portland home to avoid potential summer plumbing problems. Stay cool this summer and let us take care of the plumbing!

Ask a Portland Plumber: Is it Time for Toilet Replacement?

Toilet Upgrade Could Save You Money

We use our toilet bowls so frequently and yet rarely think about proper toilet maintenance or what to do if something isn’t working as it should.  Slow drains and clogs are not only frustrating and inconvenient, but can also be unsanitary, or the sign of a larger plumbing problem.

The experts at 3 Mountains Plumbing have been repairing and installing toilet bowls at homes in the greater Portland area for over a decade.  We know what to look for and are always happy to help with tough toilet repairs, but when we begin to see the same problems repeatedly, we know it’s time for a new toilet installation.

Yes, do it yourself plunging at home will often clear toilet drain clogs, but there are also a number of reasons to consider installing a brand new toilet.

First, let’s look at a few signs that it may be time for a new toilet installation in your Portland home:

  • Frequent repairs
  • Habitual clogs
  • Persistently slow drainage
  • Cracked pipes or porcelain
  • Surface scratches

How Can Purchasing a New Toilet Save Me Money?

A new toilet will work more efficiently using less water to accomplish its task.  For the ultimate in water conservation, we highly recommend having a 1.28 gallon toilet bowl installed.  The 1.28 gallon bowls are the most environmentally friendly and efficient on the market.  There’s no need for toilet water to fill back up to the rim between flushes so make sure your bowl isn’t wasting water.  Less water usage is certainly better for the environment, but also better for your wallet.

At 3 Mountains Plumbing, we highly recommend Toto UltraMax toilet bowls.  Another great buy, although not quite as powerful, is the American Standard Cadet Pro toilet.  Both are in stock and ready for delivery and installation by a trained journeyman plumber.

Benefits of New Toilet Installation

  • Conserve water
  • Keep your home and bathroom clean and healthy
  • New bathroom fixtures and renovation projects typically increase the ROI of homes at the time of resale
  • Saving money

Contact Portland’s trusted plumber today for information on toilet repair or installation. We provide warrantees on all parts and services with up-front fixed pricing options.

Portland Plumber: Water Conservation Tips

Learn How to Save Money and Water

Water conservation is not only good for the environment, but it’s also good for our wallets. A few simple adjustments to regular water usage habits could make a world of difference.

Did you know that a faucet with a slow leak at about one drip per second can waste more than eight gallons of water each day?  That’s over 3000 gallons a year!  What may seem harmless, can in fact prove to be a costly problem that is also detrimental to Portland’s environment.

Okay, so preventing drips and knowing when it’s time for a new faucet or shower head will go a long way in water conservation tactics, but what else?  In business for over a decade, 3 Mountains Plumbing has compiled the following list of quick water conservation tips:

  1. Collect the water used for rinsing fruits and vegetables and reuse it to water houseplants. This is a great tip for DIY’ers who also want to be kind to the environment.  Visit the farmer’s market and feel good about your water usage as the water flows right from your fruits and vegetables back to your house plants.  Large mixing bowls and pitchers work great for capturing and pouring the water.
  2. Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. Using a pitcher of water is a simple way to ensure that you and your family are getting and using every single drop of water from your faucet.  This is far more efficient than accidentally losing excess water down the drain.
  3. Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Try composting vegetable waste instead of rinsing it down the drain.  This is a terrific way to recycle while saving water by the gallons.
  4. Use the dishwasher! It may seem unlikely, but washing dishes by hand several times a day can be more expensive than operating an energy-efficient dishwasher.

Contact 3 Mountains Plumbing of Portland if you have additional questions or concerns about water conservation, or if you need help with a leaky faucet.